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Sheriff - Emergency Management Daily Briefing

Posted on: April 8, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Thursday, April 8, 2021 Emergency Management Daily Briefing

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COVID-19 - The “Proclamation of Emergency” signed by the Whatcom County Executive concerning COVID-19 remains in effect. The U.S. and Canada have extended an order closing their shared border to nonessential traffic until at least April 21, 2021

Advisories, Watches and Warnings 

A "SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY" remains in effect until noon today for west winds 15-25 knots.

Environment Canada issued a "Strong Wind Warning" for northwest winds 20-30 knots which will be dropping later this morning and then 5-15 knots near noon.

Whatcom County Weather

Inland Weather

Thursday will be a lot drier with any lingering morning showers ending by noon. Winds will become lighter. The afternoon then and through Thursday night will be dry. Heading into Friday, another disturbance develops but the main part of it will not move in until late day so it should be msotly dry for the day. However, winds increase ahead of that and will gust up to 25-30mph. In addition, there will be a chance for a couple of spotty light showers through the day. All in all, mostly dry weather with some breezy winds is expected after tonight. Highs today should be near 50 degrees while lows tonight will be in the upper 30s.

Rivers and Streams

Flows within the rivers and streams of Whatcom County are normal with no likelihood of flooding. 

Whatcom County Coastal Weather

Onshore flow will gradually ease today then trun more southerly tonight and Friday morning.  A frontal system will move through the area Friday afternoon and evening.  There will be a period of strong onshore flow behind the front later Friday night into Saturday.  Onshore flow will ease and turn more northerly or even a bit offshore Sunday and Monday.  Today:  W wind 15-25 knots easing to 10-20 knots in the afternoon.  Wind waves 2-4'. Tonight: SW wind 10-20 knots, then 5-15 knots after midnight. 1-3' wind waves. Friday:  S wind 5-15 knots rising to 15-25 knots in the afternoon.  Waves building to 2-4' in the afternoon.


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Emergency Management Tips and Reminders

April Is Financial Preparedness Month

Whatcom County residents at all income levels have experienced the challenges of rebuilding their lives after a disaster or other emergency. In these stressful times, having access to personal financial, insurance, medical and other records is crucial for starting the recovery process quickly and efficiently.

  1. Gather financial and critical personal, household and medical information.
  2. Consider saving money in an emergency savings account that could be used in any crisis. Keep a small amount of cash at home in a safe place. It is important to have small bills on hand because ATMs and credit cards may not work during a disaster when you need to purchase necessary supplies, fuel or food.
  3. Obtain property (homeowners or renters), health and life insurance if you do not have them. Not all insurance policies are the same. Review your policy to make sure the amount and types of coverage you have meets the requirements for all possible hazards. Homeowners insurance does not typically cover flooding, so you may need to purchase flood insurance from the National Flood Insurance Program.
  4. For more helpful financial preparedness tips, download the Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK) to get started planning today.

There is also a wealth of information on financial preparedness on Ready.Gov.  You can also contact the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office Division of Emergency Management at 360.676.6681 for additional information.


Washington State residents are directed to wear a face covering while at any indoor public space and any outdoor public space where you may be within 6 feet of someone who does not live with you. You can find more info about face coverings and other protective actions on the Whatcom County Health Department Website.

These Daily Briefings on Incidents, Advisories, Watches and Warnings, current weather and Emergency Management tips are published Monday through Friday, as well as during times of increased awareness or actual events.

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